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Pete Mur­ray is a house­hold name, re­spon­si­ble for mas­sive hits Feeler, So Beau­ti­ful and Bet­ter Days, sell­ing over a mil­lion al­bums in less than a decade and pro­vid­ing those iron­i­cally cruisy beats that are some­how suit­able for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.

Even though he’s on to a win­ning mu­si­cal for­mula, Pete has re­leased his sixth stu­dio al­bum, Ca­ma­cho, and it’s got a dis­tinctly different vibe.

“This is my favourite al­bum of mine,” he de­clares.

“I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a lot more elec­tron­ica and hip-hop sounds, loops and beats, lots of har­monies. So there’s a bit of elec­tron­ica, a bit of hip-hop, a bit of mo­town. “Per­son­ally I’m lik­ing it.” You’d have to as­sume as an artist, pick­ing a favourite song or al­bum would be akin to choos­ing a favourite child, but Pete has a de­fin­i­tive cri­te­ria.

“There are different ways to judge – your own per­sonal tastes, what you think, how you feel when you lis­ten to it,” he says.

“Then you can judge it on its nu­mer­i­cal suc­cess; how many other peo­ple are buy­ing or stream­ing or down­load­ing.

“Or you can tell by peo­ple at your show, how many peo­ple are singing along.”

With a sound that dif­fers quite sig­nif­i­cantly to his orig­i­nal soft, sweet crooner sounds, his die-hard fans might have trou­ble ad­just­ing.

“They don’t nec­es­sar­ily dis­like it or miss the old stuff, some­times they need to get their head around it,” he says.

“I feel it’ll connect with a younger au­di­ence but keep the old fans too.

“The last al­bum was six years ago, so I think it’s only nat­u­ral that things have changed a bit.

“With stream­ing now it’s so much eas­ier to con­sume mu­sic and lis­ten to a wide va­ri­ety of gen­res and I think that’s what hap­pened with me.

“My ears were opened to all this other mu­sic and I liked it, I wanted to be a part of it.”

A Bris­bane boy orig­i­nally, Pete is no stranger to the Gold Coast, par­tak­ing in a few shenani­gans back in the day. Maybe at this Gold Coast show the mem­o­ries will come flood­ing back and lar­rikin Pete will come out to play.

“There was one time on the Gold Coast, be­fore I got big, I’ll never for­get it, it hap­pened dur­ing Schoolies,” he says.

“Ob­vi­ously we were quite drunk and we were go­ing back to our ho­tel.

“When we got to the el­e­va­tor, there was about 12 of us and five guys al­ready in there try­ing to get out but we were like ‘nah come with us we’re hav­ing a party’.

“They were stuck any­way, so when the doors closed the el­e­va­tor went up about three me­tres then just dropped about 10.

“We had to be res­cued by the land­lord, he was not happy with us and nei­ther were the guys we trapped. So yeah, free tick­ets to those guys, I’m deeply sorry for caus­ing you any pain that night.” Pete Mur­ray per­forms at The Star July 22

Pete Mur­ray will play The Star on July 22, hav­ing re­cently re­leased new al­bum Ca­ma­cho.

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